It is not too long ago when we were all scratching our head trying to understand the purpose of Dropbox. Cloud-based storage has become part of our everyday life by now. We store and share files in so many ways that often we don’t even notice it ourselves. For example, when you send a picture to your friend through Whatsapp, that picture gets stored in a server, where your friend can then download it from. We don’t feel like it is saved anywhere because Whatsapp makes the experience seamless, but in fact, you are using a cloud based transfer service.
When the cloud-based storage first came into the market, many of us were worried about losing files, or data getting in the wrong hands. So instead we stored our files on the hard disc of our computer, or on a portable hard drive. The fact is, our personal computers are probably one of the easier things for the hackers to break into. The pure human error has misplaced more than few portable hard drives and laptops. Even more so, the cloud-based service providers have backups and backups of backups, whereas most of us have an experience of a hard drive failing.
A cloud-based recording is not a new thing anymore. Companies like Melosity, Soundtrap and Bandlab have all build their own versions of online DAW’s. Still many of us prefer to use our trusty old DAW’s. Moving from what we know to a new technology is always going to be a scary step. However, if you look at the principles and the theory behind cloud-based recording software, it is pretty obvious that it is where the technology is heading. Not having to save your audio tracks on your computer eating away valuable hard drive space just makes sense. And not to mention the space your DAW with all of its plugins take.
Sure it is new technology and there is still a way to go before it can compete to the level of the existing DAW’s. But have no doubt this is only matter of time, and I am not talking about a decade here. Remember the first time you made a facetime call on your mobile phone? iPhone only introduced facetime calls in iPhone 4 back in 2010. Today it is used by people all around the world. There is no doubt in my mind that technology is moving at an accelerated speed. And because of this I strongly believe that by the end of this decade some of the albums in the top 20 will be recorded completely with a cloud-based recording software.
The author J.P. Kallio is a singer-songwriter
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